NEWS RELEASES 2013-14 :: FEBRUARY 12, 2014


Exploris Middle School (Wake County) and Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools were recently awarded Green Ribbons from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Safe and Healthy Schools Support Division and will now represent the state in national competition.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan initiated the Green Ribbon Schools Award program in 2011 to honor schools that "exercise a comprehensive approach to creating ‘green' environments through reducing environmental impact, promoting health, and ensuring a high-quality environmental and outdoor education to prepare students with the 21st century skills and sustainability concepts needed in the growing global economy."

State Superintendent June Atkinson congratulated staff at Exploris Middle and Nash-Rocky Mount Schools for being selected to represent North Carolina and wished them well in the national competition. "Science education and environmental education play an important role in ensuring students have a well-rounded education. Lessons learned in the classroom can have a positive impact on the ecological footprint we leave behind," she said.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said, "Green Ribbon Schools demonstrate compelling examples of the ways schools can expand their coursework while also helping children build real world skill sets, cut school costs, and provide healthy learning environments."

The Green Ribbon Schools Award is the first comprehensive federal policy for schools related to environment, health and education. It lays out a thoughtful vision for the nation's schools, sets a high bar for success, and raises the profile of individual green schools and the states that encourage them.

National award recipients will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in July. For more information on the Green Ribbon Schools Award program, please visit

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.